Man breaks through gate at LAX Airport, boards plane

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This was some LAX security.

A homeless man has managed to breach a fence at the Los Angeles International Airport and board an American Airlines plane before the cleaning crew alerted police, according to KCAL.

Matthew Maine, 31, was arrested on a trespassing charge after prying his way under the perimeter fence at LAX around 4:45 a.m. Sunday, walking across the tarmac and boarding the aircraft.

Cleaners “immediately challenged the individual” and called airport police, who quickly arrested the man, Sgt. Rob Pedregon told the news outlet.

The airline said in a statement that the plane has “been reinspected by security teams. We appreciate our cleaning partner’s quick reaction.”

A traveler expressed her shock about the galling security breach.

“For someone to just walk down there so easily is definitely concerning,” Lindsey Weiker told KCAL. “That’s insane.”

The incident comes about two months after a driver crashed his car through a gate and led police on a chase over two runways while planes were landing and taking off at LAX, according to the station.

The man, driving a Mazda hatchback with the letters “SOS” written on the hood, headed straight for the gate at the FedEx warehouse, where it crashing through the gate, sped past several planes and crossed two runways.

The suspect was finally collared at a private terminal for charter planes.

And a little over a week ago, a man breached security at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, California, eventually hiding in the ceiling until police dragged him out, according to KCAL.

Plane on LAX tarmac
Matthew Maine was arrested on a trespassing charge after prying his way under the perimeter fence at LAX around 4:45 a.m.
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 Los Angeles International Airport,
The incident comes about two months after a driver crashed his car through a gate and led police on a chase over two runways while planes were landing and taking off at LAX.
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Jeff Price, the former assistant director of security at Denver International Airport, told the news outlet that airport security layers include “fences, alert workers, door alarms, cameras.”

“The system the way it is now, people will be able to access the airfield illegally but as long as we can catch them, as long as they don’t get to an airplane then the system has functionally worked, one layer might have failed but other layers succeeded,” Price told the station.

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